If I would have ever told my Dad that I was trying hard to be "loose". I would have been grounded for life. However, at this time in my life and in the environment in which I am doing it, he may have even encouraged me. I have always been a realist painter. As I grow and evolve, I realize that it can be fun and very interesting to create something that lets the viewer use his/her imagination. People may think that abstract painting is easy, but just paint on a canvas does not always create art. I am finding that I can look at a photograph for inspiration and then use the shapes and the colors to create art. This is exactly what I have done here. As I started the painting, I received comments from family members such as "Nice mangoes". I kept repeating, "It may be mangoes to you, but that was not my inspiration". Well, what do you think? What was my inspiration?